„And the world darkened:
Hortobágy, and the mine at Recsk.
And we learned an awful new word: GULAG!
And off we went to the mines of death, in Asia.
Oh, how many prisoners died there without a trace?
And how many parents waited for their broken sons to return home?
And how many tears were shed from permanently weepy eyes?
A better future was paid for with blood and tears.”
(Árpád Galgóczy: Tyranny and Liberty)
On the occasion of the Memorial Day for the Victims of Communism, at 11 AM on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, a commemoration hosted by A Gulágon Elpusztultak Emlékének Megőrzésére Alapítvány (The Foundation to Preserve the Memory of Those Who Perished in the Gulag) will be held at the GULAG Prisoners Memorial on Honvéd Square in District V of Budapest.
Among those representing the Foundation’s Board of Trustees at the commemoration will be Klára Fülepp, the widow of József Antall, the late Prime Minister; Tamás Stark, President; and the daughter of the late founder Magdolna Rohr, Jolán Pintér-Nagy, Vice Chairwoman. Bence Rétvári, Parliamentary Secretary of State of the Ministry of Human Resources, will make an opening speech, to be followed by the keynote address by Sándor Szakály, Director of the VERITAS Research Institute for History. The commemoration will close with a communal prayer for the souls of those who perished and a wreath laying.